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GATE 2018 Exam Dates, Application Form, Admit Card, Exam Pattern

Last Updated - January 23, 2017

Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering, abbreviated as GATE is conducted every year for admission to M.Tech/Ph.D in the field of engineering and technology. It is conducted on rotational basis in zonal IITs and IISc Bangalore.

GATE 2018 Notification is expected to be out in July, 2017. GATE 2018 Application Form will start from first week of September, 2017. The exams will be conducted by IIT Guwahati starting from the first week of February, 2018. The GATE Registration will be carried out at the institute’s official website

GATE 2018 is a computer based test with 65 Questions to be solved within 3 hours. Two types of questions are asked in GATE- Objective Type and Numerical Type. Virtual calculators will be provided to solve numerical type questions.

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GATE 2018 Exam Dates

Candidates can check tentative GATE 2018 exam dates in the following table. The exact GATE 2018 exam dates will be out when the notification is released in July, 2017.

Commencement of GATE Registration1st week of September, 2017
Last date for GATE 2018 application form submission1st week of October, 2017
Corrections in GATE 2018 application form2nd week of October, 2017
Last date for request for change in examination city3rd week of October, 2017
GATE 2018 Admit Cards will be available from1st week of January, 2018
GATE 2018 exam is scheduled in1st week of February onwards
GATE Answer Key 20181st week of March, 2018
GATE 2018 results are expected to be declared inLast week of March, 2018
Downloading of GATE 2018 score cards will begin fromLast week of March, 2018 to last week of May, 2018
Counselling procedure begins2nd week of April, 2018

GATE 2018 Eligibility Criteria

Candidates are advised to check GATE 2018 eligibility criteria before moving to the registration process. GATE 2018 enables the candidates from Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Nepal, Singapore, Sri Lanka and United Arab Emirates to seek admissions to M.Tech or PhD courses in various IITs and IISc. A candidate is applied to appear only in one GATE 2018 paper. The GATE Eligibility Criteria for 2018 aspirants is mentioned below:

GATE 2018 Eligibility for B.E./B.Tech Candidates

  • Education Qualification: BE/B.Tech
  • Description: 4-years B.Tech (after 10+2) in any stream or 3-years B. Tech lateral entry (after B.Sc./Diploma in Engineering/Technology). Final year candidates may also apply.
  • Status of Degree: Completed/Pursuing Final Year
  • Year of Passing: 2018/2017

GATE 2018 Eligibility for B.Arch candidates

  • Education Qualification: B.Arch
  • Description: 5-years bachelor’s degree in Architecture
  • Status: Pursuing final year examination or completed
  • Year of Passing: 2017/2018

GATE 2018 Eligibility for B.Sc. Research/B.S.

  • Education Qualification: B.Sc. Research/B.S.
  • Status: Pursuing final year examination or completed
  • Year of Passing: 2018/2017

GATE 2018 Eligibility for M. Sc./M.A./MCA

Qualification RequiredDescription about the Qualifying DegreeStatus of DegreeYear of Passing
B.E./B. Tech4-years B. Tech (after 10+2) in any stream or 3-years B. Tech lateral entry (after B.Sc./Diploma in Engineering/Technology). Final year candidates may also apply.Pursuing final year examination or completed2018
B. Arch5-years bachelor’s degree in ArchitecturePursuing final year examination or completed2018
B.Sc. Research/B.S.4-years Bachelor’s degree in Science (post-diploma or after 10+2)Pursuing final year examination or completed2018
M. Sc./M.A./MCA or EquivalentMaster’s degree in Science/Mathematics/Statistics/Computer Applications or equivalentCurrently in final year or completed2018
Int. M.E/M. Tech (Post-B.Sc.)4-years Post-BSc Integrated Master’s degree programs in Engineering / TechnologyPresently in 2nd/3rd/4th year or completed2010
Int. M.E./M. Tech or Dual Degree (after Diploma or 10+2)5-years Integrated Master’s degree program or Dual Degree program in Engineering/TechnologyCurrently in 4th/5th year or completed2019
Int. M.Sc/Int. B.S.-M.S.Integrated M.Sc. or Five year integrated B. S./M. S. programPursuing final year examination or completed2018
Professional Society Examination equivalent to B. Tech/B.E./B. ArchB.E/B. Tech/B. Arch equivalent examinations of Professional Societies, recognized by MHRD/UPSC/AICTE (e.g., AMIE by Institution of Engineers-India, AMICE by the Institute of Civil Engineers India)Completed section A or equivalent of such professional coursesNA

GATE 2018 Admit Card

GATE 2018 admit cards will be available to download from 1st week of January, 2018. GATE Admit Card can be obtained by entering Enrollment ID and Password. Candidates are advised to get multiple copies of GATE 2018 admit cad to avoid any problem on exam day.

At exam centre, it is mandatory to carry a photo identification document. Candidates may bring any one from the following- Passport, Driving License, PAN Card, Employee ID, College ID, Voter ID, Aadhaar UID and Notarized Affidavit with Photo, Signature, Date of Birth & Residential Address.

Given below are the steps to download the GATE 2018 Admit Card:

  • Go to the official website of GATE.
  • Click on the link- ‘Download GATE 2018 Admit Card’
  • Enter enrollment number and password to login.
  • Download admit card and take multiple print outs of it.

GATE 2018 Exam Pattern

Eligible candidates can apply for one stream among all the 23 papers for which GATE 2018 is conducted. GATE 2018 is a computer based test with 65 questions that are to be solved in 3 hours. The total weightage of GATE 2018 is 100 marks. There will be 2 types of questions in GATE exam- Objective Type and Numerical Type. Numerical type questions are to be solved with the help of virtual calculator and no options will be provided for the same.

The other exam details of GATE 2018 have been given below:

Mode of ExaminationOnline/Computer-based Test
Total no. of Questions65
Maximum Marks100
Duration of Exam3 hours
Sections in PaperTwo- General Aptitude and Subject Specific
Marking Scheme1, 2 marks for each correct answer, depending upon the weightage of the question
Negative MarkingFor MCQ- Yes, 0.33 marks or 0.66 marks For Numerical type- No

GATE 2018 Registration

GATE 2018 Registration is expected to begin from 1st week of September, 2017. The registration process will be carried out in online mode only. Here, the steps involved in GATE Registration are:


Before filling the GATE 2018 application form, the new user must register on the official website of GOAPS. Here are the steps required for registration process:

  • Log in to the official website of GOAPS and click on ‘New User’.
  • Enter all the details and a valid email id and contact number.
  • Create a password now and use it later to log in to complete the GATE registration process.

Filling the GATE Application Form

Once GATE registration is done, fill in all the details required such as Personal Details and Educational Details. Preview the form to verify the information before proceeding to next step.

Fee payment

After completing GATE application form, ‘submit’ it and a new page will appear. The candidates will be given options to pay the application fee through online and offline mode. If candidate opts for online mode, the payment can be made via net banking, credit card/debit card. For offline payment an e-challan has to be generated.

The GATE application fee for female candidates and reserved category candidates amounts to INR 750. All the other candidates shall pay INR 1500.

GATE 2018 Form Correction

If the candidate wishes to make any modifications after the submission of GATE 2018 Application Form, they will be able to do it on the separate dates given by GATE authorities. The modifications can be done against nominal online payment only, e-challan will not be accepted.

Here are the details of the charges levied by GATE for modifications in Online Application Form:

  • For SC/ST/PwD and Female candidates: INR 750
  • For other candidates: INR 750
  • Chagres to make changes in Exam City: INR 400

Candidates can make the following changes in GATE application form: 

  • Category
  • Gender 
  • Examination City

GATE 2018 Answer Key

GATE answer key is released after few days of the commencement of the GATE 2018 exam. The answer key is released for various streams for all the 23 papers. Candidates can use the answer keys to examine their performance in the test. They can also challenge the answers, if wrong by paying nominal fee for it.

GATE 2018 Results

GATE 2018 result is expected to be released in last week of March, 2018. GATE Result will not only ensure admission but also, candidates can fetch jobs in private and government organizations in technical field. GATE results is valid for the period of 3 years. Candidates can obtain their GATE result online by visiting the official website of GATE. Here the steps which must be followed to download the GATE 2018 Result:

  • Go to the official website of GATE.
  • Look for the ‘GATE Result’ link and click on it.
  • Enter enrollment number and password

The results will appear on the screen, download and secure a copy of it for further reference.

GATE 2018 Counselling

After the candidates obtain their results, counselling process begins separately at various IITs, NITs and other institutes. Counselling will begin in 2nd week of April, 2018. Candidates must keep themselves updated of its status.

For admission in NITs, IIITs and in some government funded colleges, a centralized counselling– CCMT (Centralized Counseling for M. Tech/M. Plan) will be conducted. IITs and IISc will conduct their separate counselling process. Most of the other participating universities and state wise institutions will conduct their own counseling process. 



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